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Dog thrown off bridge in Riviera Beach, witnesses say

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 06:19:00 PST

A dog was found seriously hurt in Phil Foster Park after witnesses said it had been thrown from the Blue Heron bridge that connects the mainland to Singer Island in Riviera Beach.

The incident happened Wednesday afternoon.

The sheriff's office and Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control are investigating...


Fear of lawsuit snuffs out Hollywood's proposed smoking ban at beach, parks

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:43:00 PST

Smokers who want to light up at the beach can breathe easy.

A proposed ban on smoking at Hollywood's beach, parks and playgrounds was snuffed out Wednesday when commissioners said they were worried about offending tourists and running afoul of state law.

The power to ban outdoor smoking in the...


Chemicals, rumors make warehouse fire especially tough to battle

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:00:00 PST

First came explosions, then black smoke that could be seen for miles Wednesday around central Broward County as a blaze drew multiple firefighting crews to a chemicals warehouse just north of Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport.

One firefighter injured his leg and was taken to Holy Cross Hospital...


Broward schools to get music equipment ahead of schedule

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:12:43 PST

All Broward schools may get their promised new musical equipment by this summer, instead of having more than 70 schools wait for two more years.

The school board voted Wednesday to push ahead on all music equipment funded by the $800 million bond program. It also agreed to spend an extra $665,000...


Three teens charged with armed carjacking after police chase in Fort Lauderdale

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:15:00 PST

Three Fort Lauderdale teens accused in an armed carjacking Tuesday night were caught after a brief car chase Wednesday afternoon.

The teens were driving around Fort Lauderdale in a black 2017 Dodge Journey that had been reported stolen from the 1100 block of Southeast Eighth Street.

Police spotted...


Man shot, killed in neighborhood near Fort Lauderdale

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:22:12 PST

A 28-year-old man was killed in a predawn shooting Wednesday near Fort Lauderdale.

Fort Lauderdale police officers and Broward Sheriff's Office deputies responded to 801 NW 27th Ave., in the Washington Park neighborhood, at 2:46 a.m. after a shooting was reported in the area.

Deputies discovered...


Canadian motorcyclist killed in West Park crash

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:27:00 PST

A 55-year-old motorcyclist was killed in a Monday night crash in West Park, authorities said.

Marcel Toulouse, of Montreal, was westbound in the 3200 block of Pembroke Road at 10:14 p.m. when he turned his Harley-Davidson into a car's path, the Broward Sheriff's Office said.

Investigators said...


Slaying of man outside Lauderhill fish market was not a random act, police say

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 21:37:00 PST

Gary Wallock had just walked out of a Lauderhill fish market with his girlfriend when an armed assailant ran up to him from behind and began shooting at him.

The execution-style murder of the 34-year-old Lauderdale Lakes man outside the Lobster and Seafood Warehouse on Monday afternoon was captured...


Mom wields machete at preschool, Sunrise police say

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:22:55 PST

A 25-year-old Lauderdale Lakes woman tried to kidnap her two daughters from their preschool in Sunrise and then wielded a large machete at an employee before leading police on a pursuit that ended in Deerfield Beach, police said.

According to a Sunrise police arrest affidavit, Ashley Dailey doesn't...


Broward high school students now can carry select over-the-counter meds

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:55:00 PST

Broward high school students will now be allowed to bring certain over-the-counter medications without a doctor's note.

The Broward school board voted Wednesday to allow the students to bring their own Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Tums, Midol, Allegra, Lactaid or Claritin with a permission form signed by...


Three months after swarming bees attack her, woman fights to get rid of them

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:35:00 PST

Maria Sica and one of her dogs were attacked by a swarm of bees from a hive in her neighbor's yard three months ago, and she has been trying ever since to get the bees removed.

She even filed a code complaint after she and her dog Randy, a 3-year-old Rhodesian Ridgeback mix, were stung during the...


Police identify man shot, killed outside Lauderhill fish market

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 20:29:00 PST

Police on Tuesday night identified a Lauderdale Lakes man who was shot and killed outside a fish market in Lauderhill.

Gary Wallock, 34, was shot around 5:30 p.m. Monday when he was walking out of the Lobster and Seafood Warehouse, 1854 NW 38th Ave., police said.

Wallock was shot at close range...


Weston seeks reimbursement for Matthew preparation

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:42:00 PST

Preparing for Hurricane Matthew last October cost Weston $18,309 — and now the city is asking for federal reimbursement.

The money was spent to clear streets of debris, clean out stormwater catch basins and other things to lessen the potential devastation of the Category 4 storm.

Matthew stayed...


Deerfield Beach man, 82, dies in Boca Raton single-car crash

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 14:31:00 PST

An 82-year-old man died Friday in a predawn crash in Boca Raton after he veered off the road and struck a palm tree, authorities said.

Alfonzor Major, of Deerfield Beach, was heading north on South Military Trail near the intersection with West Camino Real around 2 a.m. Friday when he veered off...


Chase on Alligator Alley starts in Collier, ends in Broward

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:12:00 PST

What began as a routine traffic stop for illegal window tints Tuesday afternoon turned into a cross-county car chase on Alligator Alley when the driver fled from authorities.

The pursuit began when the white Nissan sedan sped away from Collier County Sheriff's Office deputies near Mile Marker 94,...


Boca Raton man, 55, killed in Parkland motorcycle crash

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:04:00 PST

A Boca Raton man died Friday night after he crashed his Harley-Davidson motorcycle in a roundabout in Parkland.

Michael Desimone, 55, was riding east on Holmberg Road around 10:40 p.m. when he jumped the curb of the roundabout at the intersection with Parkside Drive, the Broward Sheriff's Office...


Coast Guard suspends search for capsized boat off Dania Beach

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:15:52 PST

The Coast Guard on Tuesday suspended the search for a capsized boat spotted off Dania Beach.

A caller reported seeing an overturned 15-foot boat near the Dania Beach Pier at 7:48 p.m. Monday, the Coast Guard said.

The Broward County Sheriff's Office and Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue assisted with...


President shortens prison sentences of five South Floridians

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:08:00 PST

With just a few days left in office, President Barack Obama on Tuesday reduced the prison terms of 209 inmates, including five South Floridians serving sentences on drug convictions.

Two South Floridians were also among the 64 prisoners whose convictions were pardoned by Obama on Tuesday.



Coconut Creek preschool teacher freed from jail after prosecutors drop child molestation cases

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:40:00 PST

A Coconut Creek preschool teacher who spent three years in jail awaiting trial on child molestation charges was freed Tuesday after prosecutors announced they were dropping the cases.

Olakunle Omomowo, 42, was arrested in June 2013, accused of inappropriately touching four girls who were enrolled...


Hollywood may ban smoking at beach, parks and playgrounds

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:59:30 PST

Hollywood would become the first city in South Florida to outlaw smoking on the beach under a proposal being considered Wednesday, officials say.

The ban, if approved by commissioners, would also apply to Hollywood parks, fields and playgrounds – even though Florida law says only state legislators...


Politicians, police search for answers in airport shooting

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:21:05 PST

Critical policy questions that arose in the early hours after the Jan. 6 shooting rampage at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport remained unanswered Tuesday as Broward's top elected officials huddled with law enforcement and aviation experts.

Among them:

• Should travelers be allowed...


Airport shooter Esteban Santiago said he visited 'jihadi chat rooms' online, prosecutors say

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 14:14:50 PST

Accused airport shooter Esteban Santiago told investigators after his arrest that he communicated with Islamic State terrorists or sympathizers in "jihadi chat rooms" before he killed five people in Fort Lauderdale, authorities said in court Tuesday.

Whether that's true is not clear. Prosecutors...


Cellphone service spotty in new Broward court tower

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 12:01:13 PST

"Can you hear me now?" If you're in the new Broward County Courthouse, chances are the answer is no.

The new $197 million, 20-story judicial tower has been praised for its clean, modern look — cherry wood paneling, a five-story artistic mural wall, vivid photographs of South Florida's tropical wonders...


Putting the brakes on dangerous MLK holiday rides: 'Short of building a wall, they're gonna drive'

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:56:00 PST

Despite law enforcement efforts to prevent the third annual Wheels Up, Guns Down ride during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday, drivers of ATVs and dirt bikes that are illegal for street use rode them around South Florida roads anyway.

And that determination proved fatal for some.

A dirt bike...


Man with Broward ties among 3 workers dead at Key Largo road project

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:23:06 PST

Three men who died after apparently being exposed to a poisonous mixture of fumes while working underground on a road project in Key Largo have been identified.

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office Tuesday identified the men as Elway Gray, 34, of Fort Lauderdale, Louis O'Keefe, 49, of Little Torch...